Jakub Vrana
Jakub Vrana
24-Year-Old Right WingRW
Washington Capitals
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Vrana was on pace for a 30-goal, 200-shot campaign before the 2019-20 regular season was cut short, finishing the year fourth in team scoring. It's a contract year for Vrana, who is on the second year of a two-year bridge deal and who's already established himself as one of the league's best second-line wingers. His opportunities will be limited because Alex Ovechkin plays in front of him, thus there was little room for Vrana on the top power-play unit last season. That will cap Vrana's upside, but he also has a very high floor because the Caps are a talented group with a history of success and established chemistry on their top-two lines. Vrana has 60-point upside and fantasy managers shouldn't hesitate to snatch him up in the middle rounds of this year's drafts. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $6.7 million contract with the Capitals in July of 2019.
Heating up
RWWashington Capitals
January 25, 2021
Vrana registered a power-play assist while logging 18:50 of ice time during Sunday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Sabres.
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The helper gives Vrana four points during a three-game streak. The 24-year-old has benefitted from a larger workload with Alex Ovechkin (COVID-19 protocols) out of the lineup -- averaging 18:47 of ice time in the last two games. The 13th overall pick from the 2014 NHL Entry Draft remains a worthwhile fantasy asset in plenty of formats.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    15:06
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:20
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:02
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
14:02
1:08
0:00
2019–20
14:53
1:57
0:01
2020–21
15:06
1:20
0:02
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The Capitals expected Vrana to solidify himself as a top-six winger in 2018-19, and he certainly obliged with a breakout 24-goal, 47-point campaign. The 23-year-old Czech earned a two-year, $6.7 million extension in the offseason and is expected to reprise his role on the second line. A promotion to the top power-play unit would help his cause, but the 13th overall pick from the 2014 NHL Entry Draft owns 30-plus-goal upside if he can stay healthy and brings serious sleeper potential in standard formats.
Vrana's full season in the NHL ranks was riddled with inconsistency. While he managed 13 goals and 27 points in 73 games, the young winger was shuffled around the lineup and benched on multiple occasions during the regular season and playoffs. Still, he could've done worse than eight points in 23 playoff games, and the first-round (13th overall) pick from the 2014 NHL Entry Draft figures to enter the regular season in a top-six role. Blessed with great speed, a quick release and solid offensive instincts, Vrana has all the makings of a consistent scoring threat provided that he habitually delivers on the backcheck. Andre Burakovsky is the only one who could conceivably cut into Vrana's ice time, but the potential exists for a breakout campaign,and owners should seize him up accordingly in the late rounds of fantasy drafts.
Another solid showing in the AHL last season earned Vrana 21 games in the nation's capital with the big club, and while he wasn't an instant success, he showed enough with six points (four on the power play) to remain highly intriguing heading into the 2017-18 season. Adding to that intrigue is that Vrana appears to have a legitimate chance at winning a top-six role for the Caps, although the No. 13 overall pick from the 2014 draft isn't guaranteed anything -- he'll even have to earn his roster spot. It’s tantalizing to think about what Vrana might be able to accomplish on a young, talented second line with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Andre Burakovsky, and that makes his situation well worth watching in training camp, as he could increase his fantasy draft stock significantly with a big showing.
The 13th overall pick from the 2014 NHL Draft, Vrana was expected to take a major step forward in his development with the AHL's Hershey Bears. Those expectations appeared to be dashed when the Czech Republic native suffered a wrist injury early in the season that caused him to miss several weeks of action. Despite the setback, Vrana returned to action the same potent offensive player as before and finished the season with 16 goals and 34 points in 38 games. It was in the AHL Playoffs, however, that the talented winger demonstrated his true potential, as he led the Bears in playoff scoring with eight goals and 14 points in 21 games. With a terrific combination of speed and shooting prowess, Vrana is expected to be a key offensive producer for the Capitals in the future, but with a glut of talented players already in the top-six he will need a strong showing in training camp to make the roster for the start of the 2016-17 NHL season, and is likely to once again start the season in the minors.
Vrana is a speedy, shifty winger who knows how to snipe – he’s a natural goal scorer with good hockey sense. He spent last season playing with Linkoping in Sweden and delivered 12 goals and 12 assists in 44 games as a 19-year-old. Vrana hit North American ice right at the end of the season and immediately made a dent, totaling five assists in three regular-season games with Hershey, then two goals and four assists in 10 playoff games. He’ll start this season in the AHL unless he knocks the jocks off the Caps’ brass in training camp. That’s possible, but not very likely. A year or two in the A will help him learn to play tough along the wall, use his linemates and build some muscle. But it won’t take more than a few seasons for Vrana to ascend to a job in D.C. Dynasty-league owners should monitor his game or stash him if they have really deep rosters. Otherwise, play the waiting game.
A bit of a surprise selection for the Capitals in June’s draft, Vrana adds more top-flight offensive talent to an organization swimming with potential blue-chip point producers. A potential top-five selection heading into last season, Vrana was inconsistent during his regular season with Linkoping of the Swedish Elite League. However, Vrana turned heads at the IIHF Under-18 Championships, and his dominant performance was enough for the Capitals to take him with the 13th overall pick. Recently signed to a three-year extension by Linkoping, the Capitals appear content to let Vrana develop overseas in 2014-15, with the aim of getting him to North America in the next year or so. Possessing an NHL-caliber shot and Marian Gaborik-like upside, Vrana has all the tools to be an outstanding fantasy player once he’s further along in the development process.
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Steps up with two points Friday
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January 22, 2021
Vrana scored a goal and an assist in Friday's 4-3 shootout win over the Sabres.
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Lights lamp Thursday
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January 15, 2021
Vrana tallied the game-winning goal and added five shots during Thursday's 6-4 win over the Sabres.
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Dishes apple Saturday
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March 8, 2020
Vrana tallied an assist and three shots during Saturday's 5-2 win over the Penguins.
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Pots 25th goal
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February 26, 2020
Vrana tallied a goal and four shots during Tuesday's 4-3 shootout win over the Jets.
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Sets up Oshie twice
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February 17, 2020
Vrana had a pair of assists and one shot on goal in Monday's 3-2 loss to Vegas.
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